Day FIVE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CONNECTION

Day FIVE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CONNECTION
Here is an article about how hugs will improve your relationships with the family.  Connection before correction is a huge part of our parenting philosophy.  I notice that when we are not connecting with our children in meaningful ways, the negative behaviors start to emerge more frequently.


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Day FOUR of Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CORE VALUES

Day FOUR of Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CORE VALUES

Day 4: Core Values
Brainstorming the family's core values and working on them consistency is an important part of cultivating a Family Mindset.  In the first 3 days, we worked on Intention, Gratitude, and Kindness.  Today, use these grounding techniques to center your family into its truest values and then work on recording them into Family rules or expectations to refer back to along your family's path.  List them with positive language as in 'We can' or 'We will' statements rather than the things you will not do. Example: We will listen to each other or We can pause before responding.

As I write this blog series we are currently on Stay at Home order for the Covid-19 pandemic.  There are a lot of new ideas and cultural shifts that have been brought into our home.  We are dealing with fewer distractions therefore we can work on and implement what is truly important to our family.  In the comments, please write what your family hopes to implement into your future goals from this 5 Day Challenge or from your time at home during the pandemic.

Affirmation: I am Strong and Rooted

Snack: Root Veggie Chips 
(eating root veggies can help you feel more grounded)
Set up a taste test using this article.  See if you develop something new that you like to eat!!


Guided Activity: Tree Pose video
 

Invitation to Play:  Barefoot walk
Feeling the earth under your feet is so crucial to brain development and emotional regulation!  Take some time this week to be barefoot outside.  We went around our backyard looking for different textures to put our feet on.  Then, we described the feeling on our skin.  See how many different textures you can find in your yard!





Enjoy the shift in the brain this week!

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If you like this blog, you may also like this Free Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Childhood Stress and Anxiety.


Day TWO of Break THRU Boredom, a Family Mindset Challenge: GRATITUDE

Day TWO of Break THRU Boredom, a Family Mindset Challenge: GRATITUDE
 Earth Day EVERYDAY!
When we feel grateful for our own lives and the body that we have, that gratitude can be felt by everyone that you come in contact with.  It has to be cultivated within the family and practiced internally for the Family Mindset to transform.  Let's heal the world bY starting with our own family.  
"Be the Change you Wish to See in the World"

Daily Affirmation
I love myself, I love the world



Activity: Interactive Read Aloud
The whole family needs to participate!


Invitations to play 

Gratitude Jar: An 'Attitude of Gratitude' takes practice and routine.  Introduce this at a family meal.  We keep a special jar, paper, and pens near our dining room table so we can visit this often.  Our family has a tradition to read the entire year's gratitude slips on January 1st as we say goodbye to the old and invite the New Year.  It's amazing to see just all that we've accomplished as a family in one year the extraordinary and the mundane!


Scavenger Hunts: Set out a basket with the Scavenger hunt, clipboards, and maybe some special writing utensils.  This makes it inviting and a little bit novel seeing special items.  You can also choose a special route to take.

For Younger Children:

For older children

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If you like this blog, you may also like this Free Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Childhood Stress and Anxiety.


Day ONE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: Setting Intention

Day ONE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: Setting Intention
We've officially been on stay at home order for protection from the Covid-19 virus for 5 weeks.  The honeymoon is over!!!!  

At first, our family took a little break from structure and scheduling, then tried some structure and scheduling, and now we've run out of ideas and need some novelty.  

Over the next 5 days, I will post a theme play day for you and your family to try throughout the week.  It will have a set theme and include an affirmation, an invitation to play, snack ideas and an interactive read aloud or yoga sequence for the day. An affirmation will reset the mind and set an intention for the week. An invitation to play will allow a way for the family to bond and find joy in the power of play.  Hopefully , your child(ren) will replay the scenario throughout the week and make it more complex each day.  The snack and interactive activity also adds creativity and inspiration for playing out the theme.  Comment daily to share photos or experiences as we reset our families together!!

What is an affirmation? 
Positive affirmations are simple sentences that people use to describe how they want to be, or how they want their circumstances to be, in a way that affirms that it’s already true, or on its way to becoming true. People repeat positive affirmations in order to change the way they feel about themselves, or their perception of their circumstances, so that eventually they arrive to the change that the affirmation is supposed to lead them.

A family that plays together stays together!
This image highlights the importance of play for the brain, stress management, relationships, and overall wellness.

A connection to nature reduces stress and anxiety as it engages all of the senses.



What exactly are Invitations to Play?
This term is used a lot by Early Childhood Educators and is deeply rooted in the Reggio philosophy of allowing children to direct their own play by offering open-ended, meaningful resources to explore. It simply describes a little set up of play materials for your child to come and discover and play with in any way that they choose. It can be as simple as setting out the tea set and play food on a little table with napkins, bringing out the building blocks and setting them on the grass or presenting the child with an unusual object for investigation. Most of the time, by placing toys or materials in a new location or presenting them in an original way, the child’s imagination is sparked and they can come to it with fresh eyes and new ideas! 

My goal for the Family Mindset series is for you to find some fresh ideas and set some intentions for your family to grow a positive mindset together.  Please join us!  

Find the 5 Day Break THRU Boredom challenge in my facebook community too!  That's where you can participate for prizes and get more free trainings.

If you like this blog, you may also like this Free Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Childhood Stress and Anxiety.